Best Pro Racquetball PlayersList of the ten all time greatest to have on the Pro Racquetball Tour.
He is the Donald Bradman of racquetball. Donald Bradman. Never heard of him did you? Statistically he stands so far above everyone else that it is possible for him to be the number one. He took a year off cricket once and won the South Australian open squash tournament. Don Bradman is the only athlete ever to be statistically twice as good as the rest in his sport. Even decades later the next best averages are around 40% lower. Bottom line is if you did your research you would find it hard to argue against Bradman, whose hand-eye coordination is so far ahead of ANYONE else, ever to have lived, including Federer. Sir Donald Bradman the greatest cricketer of all time in the toughest sport of all time in one of the toughest periods on earth of all time. Batting Average of 99.94.06 from being perfect that's why he is the greatest to be that close to being perfect is an amazing feat. Kane Waselenchuck is the Donald Bradman of Racquetball.
No one's close to Kane, and certainly not Marty Hogan, as great as he was. By far the best winning percentage of tournaments entered of all pros @.654 (Hogan:.395, Monchik:.299, Swain:.248; Kane also has the most wins @ 87 (and counting... ) to 70 for Swain, 60 for Hogan, and 41 for Monchik. Also, no one can say that the competition Hogan had was 'better' than Kane's is now. Yellen and Brumfield aren't necessarily better than Carson and Huczek, for example. Then again, who did Swain have for the most part besides Monchik to push him, and visa-versa? Basically no one who pushed either of them as hard as Huczek, Kane and Carson, when they arrived on the scene. Kane also has 10 U.S. Open titles so far (the second most is Monchik's 4) - the biggest single tournament every year, and 9 (possibly soon to be 10) year end no. 1 player on tour honors (second best is Swain with 6). Kane is the greatest ever to this point in history, no question. It merely remains to be seen just how far he can ...more
This list was obviously compiled when Lincoln was in office. Kane now has 12 US Open titles. I'm sure the guy ranking Marty at #1 would even change his vote today. And as for Kane's competition versus some others in THEIR prime, it's like they say in sports,"You can only play who shows up."
Two undefeated seasons. Six US Open Championships. Never tested by great competition as Hogan was but dominated everyone in his path.
This is a very easy decision. His longevity, and current physical condition, even today is amazing! He looks like he did 30 years ago. Plays almost as well, with hardly any drop off. I am 52 years old nw. When I think of racquetball, I see Marty Hogan in my head. I see other players in the spotlight for short periods of time over the past 30 years. But the vision of Marty is head and shoulders above all others. Turns out he is a heck of a nice guy as well. Very humble, and helps out others on a daily basis. His total balance on and off the court make everyone else a distant second on the list
I select Marty because he had the most influence on the sport. I was able to meet and play him at Lowry AFB, Co. He played a few of us there, the top two women and the top two men and of course he promoted his racquet. He let us all win, how great for our egos. I also saw him play in LA. Kane is great but not the same influence on the game. Special note for Ruben, meet him in Orlando and he is a great inspiration for the game. Go Ruben.
Back in the late 70s I saw this guy play along with many other proers of the time. What impressed me more than anything was his physical abilities and of course his game. Never saw anyone else like him. By the way, He won that tournament. Have watched aleast 24 tourneys over the last 35 years. He is the best!
Greatest player to play in greatest era of the sport. the Babe Roth of Racquetball. #1 Ranked Player in the World 1977, 78, 79, 80, 81, 89. Had a winning record against every rival. Undefeated for over a year September of 1978 to December 1979 indoors, outdoors, singles, doubles and paddleball.
Won more professional racquetball matches and tournaments than any player in history at or near the top of the sport from 1985-2005. #1 Ranked Player 1990, 93, 94, 95, 98, 02. Best serve of all time.
Dominated Kane until he was 35 years old. Great rivalry with Hogan that went back and forth during 80'school and early 90's. His serve is the biggest weapon in the history of the,sport.
At the top when the sport was at its peak. Whole different level of play during his time. Kane has to play amateurs.
He dominated when the sport was at its peak. The draws that Kane goes through are nothing like the one's when Cliff was playing
Outside of his chronic back issues from how many times he would hit the floor face first in a single game, his devastating backhand and ability to backhand splat a cross-court pinch rollout is something that just cannot be replicated over the last 20 years in the game. Cliff had the most dominating serve, but if Sudsy didn't have Derrick Rose's same bad luck when it comes to genetics versus injuries on a hard wood court sport, Sudsy could have continued to dominate until the age of 40 without question. The gets he could pull off given his vertical and diving ability only added to his .50-like power shots. Just heard from him this week and he is doing well with his continued virtual instructions out east and he is also still playing doubles at a high level as of 1/21. Cheers, Steve/USNSWC > Steven Essani (Chicago).
Sudsy is the best RH player of time Greatest BH, clocked 170 mph.
Probably quickest & Fastest player most power of Era, Could dunk a basketball at 5' 10".
When his game was on he completely dominanted his main rival Cliff Swain.
Absolutely dominant during his prime...Mike Tyson like. He stepped on the court and it was over before it began
#1 Player in the World 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001. Four time US Open Champion. Hardest hitting player of all time.
Played with Mike as a teenager at Soutgfield athletic club. Should be best ranked ever!
#1 Ranked Player 1983-87. Won Ektelon, Catalina and DP Nationals in 1983. Won DP Nationals in1984.
Toughest player I played, & I got to play Rubin a few times so yeah, slight edge but Gonzalez more legendary overall.
#1 Ranked Player in the World 1992. Winner of Pro Nationals 1989, 1992 & 1993. One of the top players in the world 1984 - 1998.
#1 Player in the World from 1972-1976. Five time National Singles Champion. Won multiple national titles indoors, outdoors and in paddleball. Won twenty consecutive tournaments.
Most strategic player of all time. Dominated indoors and outdoors, singles and doubles!
Ruben is a very dedicated player, I had the pleasure of meeting him once at a tournament, he took the time to talk to me about racquetball questions that I had!
#1 Ranked Player in the World in 1988. Winner of 1988 Pro Nationals. 1983 Pro Racquetball Rookie of the Year. One of the top players in the world 1982 to present.
#1 Ranked Player in the World in 1982. Won Ektelon Nationals in 1980. Won Ektelon and Catalina Nationals in 1982. 1979 Pro racquetball Rookie of the year. Stopped Hogan's streak of five consecutive #1 rankings in 1982.
#1 Player in the World in 2003. Winner of 1999 US Open. Winner of 2001 IRT Pro Nationals. Winner 2006 US Open. One of the top players in the world 1996-2010.
Played and beat most of the best players if all tine. Top five in my opinion.
Quickest player I ever seen on the court.
The fact that I have to write anything is a joke. Do your research or don't make a list.
One of the strongest and most humble player..
Winner of over 20 Professional Tournaments. Ranking never dropped below #4. Won 4 Grand Slam Events. Beat all of the best players from 80's era and 90's era.
One of the best roll out hitters ever, out of executive club in Rocky River Ohio.
Should be in top 15.